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  1. Amy Carroll says:

    I love you, friend. Praying that God’s comfort sustains you in this year of hard firsts. ❤️

    1. Melanie, thinking of you and sending you a virtual hug. God’s got you and he’s singing over you.

  2. Melanie. So sorry. This year has been a hard one for me, and I know the holidays will be hard, but your price reminded me that I can still have joy tossed in. Life doesn’t have to be all hard or joy. It can be both. Tucking you in my prayers.

    1. Know you are loved and prayed for dear friend!!

  3. I’m so sorry for what you are going through. Thanks so for being transparent to encourage others, even as you grieve. May God richly bless you and your future. He has a plan!

  4. Thank you for your transparency. Praying for God to hold you close.

    1. I felt like God led me to do that, be transparent, but it wasn’t easy!
      So thank you for your comments and prayers!

  5. You, my friend, are a strong, faithful follower of Him! Continue to lean on your inner circle, take the quiet time for yourself, grieve and be thankful. And you will probably be doing these things on any given day – maybe several times a day! I know I am thankful for you and your sisterly love. Happy Thanksgiving my sweet sister in Christ!!

  6. Melanie, wishing I could wrap you in a hug. It does get better. I’ll be praying for you this holiday season.

    1. Thank you so much, Kathy! Your words encouraged me when I worked on your manusript.
      I didn’t hear back from you – so let me now if you need anything else from me.

  7. Melanie, you are demonstrating grace found in hard places through the loving care of our Savior, Jesus Christ. You continue to walk Godly, before and after your hard place. That is what we are called to do. We don’t always understand or like the journey we are traveling, but we will never travel alone. God is ever-present, even in hard places.
    I pray you feel the hugs and prayers being sent your way today.

    May God continue to bless you,

    Jackie Freeman

  8. Joanne Covert Jacquish says:

    Mel, I’m so sorry! I’m sending you love and prayers! Hoping the joy this holiday season outweighs the sadness! Love you!!

    1. Hi Joanne,
      Thank you for your sweet words! I would love to see you!
      I will be in NPB 12/1-12/8.
      I’m going to try to see Martha.

  9. I love you my friend and am praying for you.

  10. Cheryl Harmon says:

    Thank you for sharing this Melanie! I have always found comfort in your thoughts and words! I’m sorry to hear about your hard times and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers! This past year has brought our own hard times and I appreciate this post! Love to you and your family!

    1. Hi Cheryl,
      It means so much to me that you reached out. I’m sorry for your hard places but hope you’ve felt God’s nearness.
      Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Lisa Langston says:

    Melanie I am so sorry to hear this. I miss you ! Praying for you

  12. I know what divorce feels like, it hurts everyday. What I can tell you is that God will carry you through your grief. Everyone reaches the other side in their own pace. It still hurts after 8 yrs., during the holidays you think of the what if’s. Deep down you know it wasn’t going to change or work. It still hurts cause I wanted things to be good. God is my rock, he helps me during the bad days and enlightens me during the good days. Jesus is reason for Christmas and I put my faith in Christ because he did so much for us. The marriage is over but the memories will always be there. Let God take you on a better Journey that no one can compare to. Love you Sister in Christ. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!!! You deserve the best…..

    1. Rhonda, Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. I literally just said that to someone! He is so good.

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